Beach City Baseball Academy Awards Scholarship to El Segundo High School Grad Dean Abramson

Beach City Baseball Academy, California’s premier baseball training facility, announced today the 2014–2015 winner of its $5,000 Sixth Tool College Baseball Scholarship. The goal of the scholarship is to provide support for college-bound baseball players who demonstrate an exceptional strength of character—a quality that Beach City Baseball Academy Founder Richard Murad notes is called the “sixth tool” of championship play.

“Our Sixth Tool Scholarship rewards deserving young baseball players who display more than just exceptional skills on the field. These players conduct themselves, on and off the field, with a winning attitude that inspires others. While it is no small matter to become a five-tool player who possesses speed, fielding prowess, a powerful throwing arm and the ability to hit for both average and power—those who also have real character are truly exceptional, and those are the players scouts seek out when they are looking for candidates to groom into champions. At Beach City Baseball Academy, the sixth tool has always been our number one educational priority and that is why we are proud to offer this scholarship to support players who embody this value.”

Murad describes this year’s winner, Dean Abramson, as the perfect example of someone who goes above and beyond in everything that he does. “In addition to his athletic accomplishments and his service to the local baseball community including jobs as a coach and an umpire, Dean has maintained a 4.0 GPA. This exceptional combination drew the attention of the coaches and recruiters for academic and baseball powerhouse Occidental College, where he will be playing and studying next year.”

The strength of Abramson’s character was clear as he described the impact of the scholarship. “My family is a very important part of my life, and I would do anything for them to have what they deserve. This scholarship will be a way for me to give back to them and show them my appreciation for all that they have done for me.”

Steven Eno, the Manager of the El Segundo High School’s Baseball Program said of Abramson, “Dean works hard day in and day out and is a leader to his peers. Dean pushes everyone on the team to get better both on and off the field, and he embodies the sixth tool that is so critical to be successful on the baseball field and in life.”

Because cultivating the sixth tool in all the student-athletes served by Beach City Baseball Academy is essential to its mission, the Academy developed the Sixth Tool Scholarship program to provide supplemental financial assistance to a deserving college freshman who is part of their school’s baseball program. This community-based scholarship is awarded once each year to a student who lives within a California of the Academy’s campus.

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